Nebraska: Teacher Credentialing in Nebraska

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In order to become a recognized teacher in the state of Nebraska you will need to earn a bachelor's degree. However, it cannot be a simple degree with no purpose, or a business degree if you are hoping to teach math. The degree you will need to earn will need to have a focus on education. By being able to have a teaching certificate you will have previous student teaching experience to lean on as well as classes that instructed and provided the education necessary to work in a classroom.

Education Requirements

The state of Nebraska does not have specific course hour requirements in order to teach a specific subject in the state; however, you will need to have a bachelor's degree in education to be able to be a teacher. You will also need to complete the requirements of student teaching, observations as well as internships to be able to receive your certificate from the Nebraska Department of Education and be able to teach in the state. The school from which the four-year degree is attained will need to be accredited and recognized as such by the state of Nebraska for you to be able to teach there.

Starting Salary

Between high school and elementary school the average salary will vary between $41,000 and $42,000 per year. As a teacher you will also receive approximately 15 weeks of vacation per year. In order to receive these benefits however, you will need to receive your teaching certificate from the state. After you teach for two years, you will be eligible to receive tenure as well.

Testing Requirements

You will be required to take both the Praxis I and the Praxis II in order to be eligible to teach in the state of Nebraska. The Praxis I will determine your teaching skill as well as your teaching demeanor. The Praxis II test is a series of tests that are made for the teacher to be able to see which subject matter would best suit them as a teacher. Here you will be able to take assessments to see where you are most skilled and where you will have the best knowledge base to determine which subject matter you would be the test teacher for.

Alternative Certification

There are different ways to be able to be certified in the state of Nebraska. They will accept the certification of many states but not all. If that is the case, you will need to go through the certification process to be able to become a teacher in the state. The state does have the ability to provide other requirements if you do not have the traditional requirements necessary such a degree in business, but would like to get into teaching. The Nebraska Department of Education will be able to provide the specific requirements you will need to fulfill to become certified.

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